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Boot Camps

Photograph of NYFA Boot Camp Participants

NYFA offers regular Boot Camps for artists of all disciplines as well as arts administrators.

These programs provide intensive professional development training, utilize individual and group learning, and emphasize community-building among the participants. Applications for this cycle are now closed. If you are interested in hearing about future Boot Camp programs, sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date.

Learn about Emerging Leaders Boot Camp Program for Arts Administrators
Learn about Boot Camps for Artists
What Others Are Saying About Boot Camp

2018 Emerging Leaders Boot Camp Program for Arts Administrators

NYFA's Emerging Leaders Boot Camp is a free leadership development program for arts administrators. The nine-month free program includes five full-day intensives, check-ins and individual consultations, and a two-day final session.

NYFA is pleased to announce that its fourth session of "Emerging Leaders Boot Camp" will train up to 25 arts administrators in the principles of leadership. As an arts organization, NYFA integrates creativity into the program, with a flexible and adaptive approach, assessing and adjusting to the needs of the cohort over nine months. Since its inception, 75 arts administrators have participated in the program, coming from a diverse range of arts organizations serving a wide variety of disciplines and constituents.

2018 Emerging Leaders Boot Camp Program Participants

Karisa Antonio, Director of Arts and Culture, Lantern Community Services, New York, NY

Zachary Bowman, Manager of Education and Visitor Experience, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY

Eliza Coviello, General Manager, Performa, New York, NY

Gabriel de Guzman, Curator & Director of Exhibitions, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

Ana Fiore, Program Manager, Grants & Community Initiatives, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY

Maria Fumai Dietrich, Membership and Individual Giving Manager, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY

Grace Gaylord, Manager, Global K-12 Programs, The Juilliard School, New York, NY

Jessica Lightfoot, Manager, Programs and Development, Concert Artists Guild, New York, NY

Stephan Lindquist, Director, BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY

Melissa Liu, Development & Communications Coordinator, The Landromat Project, New York, NY

Ryan Lindner Lolong, Associate Director of Marketing and Membership, New York Shakespeare Festival DBA The Public Theater, New York, NY

Meghan Love, National Training Curriculum Associate & ABT/NYU Master's Program Manager, American Ballet Theatre, New York, NY

Amita Manghnani, Director of Public Programs & Communications, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University (A/P/A), New York, NY

Luis Pagan, Marketing/Media Manager, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, Bronx, NY

Benji Railton-Ashe, Education Manager, Teaching and Learning, New York City Center, New York, NY

M.K. Rainey, Managing Director for Training & Communications, Community-Word Project, New York, NY

Erica Reinsch, Assistant Director of Education/School Engagement, New Victory Theater, New York, NY

Juan Pablo Siles, Manager, Artistic Planning, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

Maya Suess, Managing Director, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY

Andrea Thompson, Director of Development, Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, New York, NY

Megan Whitman, Director, Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas, JCC Manhattan, New York, NY

Nico Xuexin Li, Education Programs and Engagements Manager, New York Chinese Cultural Center, New York, NY

Melissa Zakri Zareh, New York Program Director, SAG-AFTRA Foundation, New York, NY

Lauren Zelaya, Assistant Curator of Public Programs, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Alumni come from a diverse range of arts organizations serving a wide variety of disciplines and constituents: participating organizations have included Abrons Arts Center of Henry Street Settlement, Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), Catskill Art Society, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, CUE Art Foundation, Dieu Donne, Gibney Dance, Flux Factory, Jack, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, Lincoln Center Institute, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), NYC Department of Design and Construction, Poetry Society of America, Roundabout Theatre Company, Roulette, Spain Culture New York, Roxbury Arts Group, The Public Theater, Triangle Arts Association, Urban Bush Women, UrbanGlass, among many others.

Questions: Bootcamp@nyfa.org

This program is made possible with the generous support of American Express.

Boot Camps for Artists

Customized to fit the needs of participants and partners, Boot Camp is a course that teaches the fundamental principles of sustainability—and ultimately profitability—in the arts. This includes classes on finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material is drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook which accompanies this curriculum, The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2011). The structure is a blend of formal lectures, breakout groups, and one-on-one meetings. Participants work through a flexible and dynamic “action plan,” which provides a blueprint for their future project, career, and business goals. Each receives specific feedback from experts in the field as well as their peers in the course.

The program first began in 2010, funded by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, earning rave reviews from participants and generating significant interest from the wider community. Participating artists have collaborated on numerous projects and business ventures, produced several arts festivals, and developed networks and opportunities that continue to this day. NYFA staff remains actively engaged with program graduates through private Facebook groups and other networking tools, alerting them to relevant opportunities in their respective disciplines, and encouraging continued group communication.

NYFA has collaborated with numerous universities and organizations, both nationally and internationally, to bring this program to hundreds of artists.  Partners have included Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts (SVA), NYU’s Performing Arts Administration Program, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Universidad Francisco Marroquín (in Guatemala), the Center for Creative Practices (in Dublin, Ireland), Spain Culture New York, and many others.

What Others Are Saying About Boot Camp

“[A] course designed to help artists help themselves.” (The New York Times, June, 2010)

“The Artist As Entrepreneur…equips artists with the practical skills to help them succeed.” (Forbes.com, February, 2012)

Artist Testimonials:

“NYFA’s entrepreneurial program was and continues to be instrumental in my career development. They have helped me define my goals as an artist, gave me confidence, and unearthed the true meaning of entrepreneurship. It’s the gift that keeps giving.”

Jonathan Stuart Cerullo
Producer | Director
JSCTheatricals LLC

“NYFA's Emerging Leaders Boot Camp radically changed how I work and who I am as a leader.The program offered me a crash-course in arts administration in an immersive, emotionally intelligent, collaborative environment among colleagues in my field. The facilitators and workshop presenters were extraordinarily experienced, articulate, and precise about the content they delivered, and how the group was responding to the content. What I learned, and how I am putting it into practice is still unfolding, and I am hugely grateful to NYFA for such offering such generous support to arts organizations in NYC.”

Jordan Dann
Education Director
Teachers & Writers Collaborative

“Boot Camp was an exciting learning experience where I got to meet and work alongside so many amazing, creative colleagues whom I still keep in touch with today. I’m thankful to the program for giving me the tools, support, and confidence to move forward with my projects. “

Eunbi Kim


Please contact bootcamp@nyfa.org or sign up for NYFA’s mailing list to hear about upcoming opportunities. In addition to Boot Camps, NYFA offers professional development programming for artists and arts administrators through individual consultations, mentoring for immigrant artists, and workshops through NYFA Learning. For more professional development resources, visit NYFA Classifieds, NYFA Source, NYFA's online database of opportunities, and read NYFA’s comprehensive career guide, The Profitable Artistfor artists working in all disciplines.

Photos: Courtesy of Jecca, Stealth Art. At left: NYFA’s Executive Director Michael Royce speaking with Boot Camp participants, July 2010. Right: Opening reception of the Boot Camp Festival Exhibition at NYFA’s Gallery, 2010.